Category: Arts & Culture

Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market has a waitlist of vendors

Bringing fresh vegetables into the downtown By Aislinn Hicks An outdoor market put on by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ that started in the summer of 2013 has grown into a year-round market with a waitlist of vendors wanting to participate. In the summertime, the market takes place from the beginning of June to the end of September outside Manitoba Hydro Plaza. At the summer market there is fresh produce, food trucks and a CBC cooking demo where they feature a downtown chef who shops the market in the morning and then does a cooking demo with what they buy. The cooking event is streamed onto Twitter. In the winter, the market takes place every other week in the Cityplace mall on both the first and second floor and averages 60 vendors a market. Cityplace provides the space to the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market for free. This market has baking, canning, grooming products, jewelry, and often live music. “We get tons of people that are just starting out,” said special projects coordinator for Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Susan Ainley. The waitlist for vendors in certain categories ensures that vendors who do participate will offer something different from the other vendors at the market. “I think that’s really the key thing is finding something that you do really well that’s a different take on something,” said Ainley. Some vendors like Glenlea Greenhouse (located...

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Winnipeg’s coolest (snow) sculptures

Snow sculptures take over the streets during Festival du Voyageur By Jennifer Pazdor David Macnair’s sculpture of two voyageur heads sits at the corner of Provencher Blvd. and Saint Joseph Road. David Macnair’s sculpture of two voyageur heads looks out over Provencher Blvd. Snow sculpture outside of the Legislative Building in Winnipeg made by David Macnair. One of multiple ‘toque and boots’ snow sculptures on Provencher Blvd. signalling the Festival du Voyageur season. Broadway and Main Street snow sculpture by Denis Vrignon Tessler. The first part of the double snow sculpture Bird on a Wire made by Geertje Jacob,...

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RRC alum Hy’s first female executive chef

Reaching higher Hy’s By Jackson MacGillivray and Harris Gale  It’s 9 a.m. and new executive chef, Jackie Hildebrand, flicks on the lights in the basement prep area of Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar. She has just received her first food shipment of the day and has two more to go. In the next five hours, she needs to sign the invoices for the next shipments, organize the schedule for the upcoming weeks, and prep for food service this evening which includes a reservation of over 50 guests. This is how Hildebrand’s days start now. She was recently promoted to executive...

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(Lonely) humans of New York: ShanleyFest reviewed

A review of five plays from the 2018 Master Playwright Festival By Graeme Houssin After taking in four of the 11 stage productions from this year’s Master Playwright Festival, the recurring elements of honouree John Patrick Shanley’s plays become more and more apparent. Shanley’s plays are perhaps most famous for his characters. They are sharp, gritty, self-conscious and, perhaps most notably, lonely. The protagonist of each of these four plays is hungry for something or someone and won’t let anyone get in the way of their pursuit. He also rarely strays away from his hometown of New York City, particularly the Bronx. The city contributes as much to the story as the characters, giving them an edgy to highlight their rough exteriors. And Shanley is never afraid to end on a sour note. His last punchy line doesn’t always give the characters a clean resolution or an optimistic future, but neither do they always deserve one. The four plays reviewed here each contribute a piece to the puzzle of Shanley’s work. Together, they show a glimpse into Shanley’s New York: one that is as complex, restless and full of life as the people that inhabit it. DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (The Keep Theatre) – 4 out of 5 stars “You’re gonna have to fight every motherfucking body in the Bronx, and even it probably won’t get you...

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King’s Head is looking forward to RRC’s new Innovation Centre

Former owner expects the whole area will have economic boost By Amber Doyle The King’s Head Pub, a favourite watering hole among Red River College students who study in the Exchange District, anticipates a boost in business following the completion of the college’s Innovation Centre in late 2019. “The impact for us is tremendous,” said Jay Khanuja, who owned King’s Head for 28 years. “It’ll be amazing to see what the area is going to be in a couple years.” On an average day, King’s Head serves between 20 and 30 students. It serves anywhere between 60 and 150...

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